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laird Early Origins



The surname laird was first found in Berwickshire, a lieutenancy area and historic county on the Scottish Borders. Literally, the surname means a "laird" or "landlord" and is obviously an occupational surname. Another sources claim the name means "lord" as in "Lord of the manor," [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
but we feel the former translation is more appropriate. The earliest record of the name was Roger Lawird or Lauird of Berwick who made an agreement with the Abbey of Kelso relating to his land in Waldefgat, Berwick in 1257. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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laird Spelling Variations


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laird Spelling Variations



Although the name, laird, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Laird, Lairde and others.

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laird Early History


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laird Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our laird research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1552, 1781, 1782 and are included under the topic Early laird History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laird Early Notables (pre 1700)


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laird Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early laird Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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laird In Ireland


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laird In Ireland



Some of the laird family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlanti c. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the laird family name laird, or who bore a variation of the surname were

laird Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Laird, who arrived in New Jersey in 1741
  • Samuel Laird, who arrived in Carolina in 1755
  • Christopher Laird settled in Virginia in 1767 with his sons John, Samuel and Mary, and his wife Martha, they eventually moved to Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina
  • Richard T Laird, who landed in Massachusetts in 1783

laird Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Laird, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1800
  • John Laird, who arrived in South Carolina in 1801
  • Rachl Laird, aged 25, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Mary Laird, aged 24, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1803
  • Marsisa DeLa Laird, aged 30, landed in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

laird Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James Laird U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John Laird U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he is listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

laird Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Laird, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Hannah Laird, aged 22, landed in Quebec in 1834
  • Mr. John Laird, aged 40 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)

laird Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Laird, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Alexander Laird, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Fanny Laird, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

laird Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. Laird arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "James Lister" in 1865
  • James B. Laird, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of The Age" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name laird (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name laird (post 1700)



  • Melvin Robert "Bom" Laird (1922-2016), American politician, U.S. Secretary of Defense (1969-73) and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Charlton Grant Laird (1901-1984), American ling Uist, lexicographer, novelist, and essayist
  • Gerald Lee Laird III (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball catcher for the Detroit Tigers
  • Peter Alan Laird (b. 1954), American comic book writer and artist, best known for co-creating Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Marc James Peter Laird (b. 1986), Scottish footballer
  • William Laird (1780-1841), Scottish shipbuilder and developer, founder of what later became the Cammell Laird shipyard
  • Macgregor Laird (1808-1861), Scottish explorer and pioneer of British trade on the River Niger
  • John Keith McBroom Laird (1907-1985), Canadian author, barrister, and solicitor, Senator for Windsor, Ontario
  • David Laird (1833-1914), Canadian politician, Lieutenant Governor of Northwest Territories
  • Scott Benjamin Laird (b. 1988), English football defender
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name laird


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Suggested Readings for the name laird



  • Laird Family by Edward Forrest Brouhard.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spero meliora
Motto Translation: I hope for better things.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The laird Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The laird Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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